Falling Walls Global Call 2023

Breakthrough research was and is the key to understanding and solving the greatest challenges of our time

Next Falling Walls Global Call: 1 March – 1 May 2023

Falling Walls fosters discussion on research and innovation and promotes the latest scientific findings among a broad audience from all parts of society. We look forward to honouring the people who are finding solutions to these challenges at the Falling Walls Science Summit 2023.

Let’s make the Falling Walls Science Summit 2023 a celebration of excellent science.

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Here you will find everything you need to know for your submission to the Falling Walls Global Call. We recommend that you read all the information carefully. We look forward to your nominations and applications.


What is the Falling Walls Global Call?

The Falling Walls Global Call is an international competition format that brings together science enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds. We are looking for the most recent and innovative Breakthroughs of the Year!

We encourage and invite nominations and applications from all over the world. To help make the Falling Walls Science Summit 2023 the celebration that excellent science deserves, we launch the Falling Walls Global Call each year.

What are the categories?

The Falling Walls Global Call is composed of the following categories:

Life Sciences
The scientific study of life and organisms e.g. biology, neuroscience, zoology.

Physical Sciences
The observation and understanding of natural phenomena of the earth, atmosphere and space, e.g. chemistry, physics, astronomy.

Engineering & Technology
The practical application of science and mathematics to every-day life, e.g. artificial intelligence, information technology, mechanical engineering.

Social Sciences & Humanities
The institutions and functioning of human society and the interpersonal relationships of individuals as members of society, e.g. politics, economics, philosophy.

Art & Science
Artists whose work is inspired and influenced by science, which sheds light on societal issues, natural phenomena or simply the wonder of scientific discoveries.

Science & Innovation Management
Significant advances, developments, achievements or an increase in (scientific) knowledge that remove barriers to progress in their respective fields.

Emerging Talents (Falling Walls Lab)
Next generation of students and early-career professionals from all disciplines to promote their exceptional ideas that create a positive impact on science and society.

Science Start-ups (Falling Walls Venture)
Innovative start-ups that have translated breakthrough scientific thinking into promising business models.

Science Engagement (Falling Walls Engage)
Forms of participatory science engagement initiatives that generate mutual learning between, and mutual benefits for, science and society.

Who can participate?

You can either nominate outstanding research or apply with your own project.

Our goal is to find excellent and groundbreaking research projects in the different categories. With “breakthrough research” we are specifically looking for projects that address global challenges and represent scientific knowledge in an innovative way. We encourage an interdisciplinary approach to science.

For nominations, we invite leading academic institutions, universities, research organisations, companies, private and public research centres, academies, research funders, foundations, and individuals to nominate the bright minds behind the latest breakthroughs and outstanding science projects.


How can I nominate a project?

You can submit your nomination for the Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year from 1 March – 1 May 2023.

As a nominator, you need to register on our online platform. You will be asked to fill out some information about yourself, and the project you wish to nominate. We recommend submitting  your nomination as early as possible, so the nominee is able to accept the nomination and submit further information about their project before the deadline.

Please note that applications have to be submitted in English.

Can I submit my own project?

Life Sciences | Physical Sciences | Engineering & Technology | Social Sciences & Humanities | Art & Science | Science & Innovation Management
Yes, you can submit your own project. Please run through the nomination process on our online platform to nominate yourself. You will receive an email to confirm your nomination in order to give detailed information on your project.

Emerging Talents
Please fill out the application form on our online platform to be forwarded to one of the
international Falling Walls Labs to apply

Science Start-ups
A self-nomination is not possible. Start-ups must be endorsed by a nominating institution (e.g., university or a research institution). 

Science Engagement
You can apply directly with your own project.

Please note that applications have to be submitted in English.

How does the selection process work?

The selection process differs regarding the respective categories. To find out more about the selection criteria and evaluation processes, please visit the category pages.

Who can I contact in case I have further questions?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send us an email

Terms and Conditions

In These 9 Categories we are looking for the Science Breakthroughs of the year:


A unique international and interdisciplinary event for scientific breakthroughs and scientific dialogue

The Falling Walls Summit takes place annually in Berlin from 7 – 9 November, in commemoration of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall. Inspired by this world-changing event on 9 November 1989, the question of every Falling Walls Science Summit is: “Which are the next walls to fall in science and society?“ The Falling Walls Science Summit brings together scientists from around the globe. Some of the most important researchers and thinkers of our time gather in Berlin to discuss breakthroughs with global leaders in science, politics, business, and the media.

save the date: 7 – 9 November 2023

We look forward to welcoming the people who are finding solutions to the greatest challenges of our time, and thus contributing to a better world, back to Berlin on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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